Aikido and Me – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Kikon - by Morihei Ueshiba, 1967

Eiichi Kuroiwa (黒岩 暎一) teaching Aikido at the Rikuryo Aikikai (六稜合氣会) One of the articles that I have enjoyed reading the most was “Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories” (Part 1 | Part 2). Of course, the recollections of training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in 1942 were fascinating, but much of what I appreciated about it was that it … Continue reading Aikido and Me – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 4

Aiki News 117

Yukiyoshi Sagawa and Kimura Tatsuo on the cover of Aiki News 117 – the Yukiyoshi Sagawa memorial issue I also applied techniques to Mr. Pranin when he was collecting materials for a memorial issue on Sagawa Shihan for Aiki News 117. His impression at the time was, “When I tested the small, stubborn 50-year-old Kimura … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 4 »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 3

Tatsuo Kimura and Seigo Yamaguchi in Karuizawa, 1968

Tatsuo Kimura and Seigo Yamaguchi in Karuizawa, 1968 “That was how I entered the University of Tokyo and became a formal student of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei beginning Aikido practice at Ikenoue located next to the Komaba-Todai-mae train station. During that time, I was often with Yamaguchi Sensei all day. He would many times say that … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 3 »

The Ueshiba Legacy, by Mark Murray

Kisshomaru and Morihei Ueshiba with Koichi Tohei

Kisshomaru Ueshiba – Morihei Ueshiba – Koichi Tohei What does all of this mean? It means that the common view of the spread of aikido following the war taking place under the direct tutelage of the Founder is fundamentally in error. Tohei and the present Doshu (*Kisshomaru Ueshiba) deserve the lion’s share of the credit, … Continue reading The Ueshiba Legacy, by Mark Murray »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 2

Tatsuo Kimura Sensei Instructing

Tatsuo Kimura Sensei Instructing “Sagawa Sensei entered the world of Aiki when he was 17 years old. However, his younger brother Hiroshi Sagawa, said, ‘My brother could throw anyone when he was 17 years old, but it was after he became 50 that he reached Takeda Sensei’s level where the hands of his opponent no … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 2 »